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The Ghost Hunters try fiction
on November 20, 2012
For Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, this is their first attempt at writing fiction, and if it were just their work, I would be much more lenient in my review, but with the collaboration of Tim Waggoner, who is a seasoned horror writer, I had to hold it to a higher standard.
It's not as scary as I hoped it'd be, but it's by no means a bad book. It's very well-written, and the characterization is really good. I got to actually care about the three friends, Amber, Drew and Trevor, and what happened to them. The build-up of the mystery of what happened in their youth, and the memory they've all blocked out lends a nice chill to the story.
I also loved the fact that most of the reunion attendees have bettered themselves, not just financially, but as people. In a lot of the horror novels I read, the characters are shallow, greedy, or just plain mean. It was starting to make me think that horror writers don't have a very high opinion of humanity. But in a refreshing change here, the former bully regrets his ways. The head cheerleader became a caring veterinarian, and so on.
I am looking forward to more in this series, because I do think it has great potential, and will most likely get better and better over time.
I have just one aside: in Tim Waggoner's final acknowledgments, he thanks Jason and Grant for letting him in on the "shocking secret" behind Ghost Hunters, and swears he'll never tell.
Please, guys, at least tell me it's not that it was all faked! I have so few beliefs left in life to hang onto, and a need for ghosts is one thing that keeps me hanging on. Don't crush me.